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  • Pickleball finds a home in McHenry County

    It’s the fastest growing sport in America Pickleball. The simple sport with the goofy sounding nam ...
    July 26, 2014 - 11:31 pm
  • Raue Center’s President’s Golf Classic Sold-out event makes 3 in a row!

    Raue Center for the Arts scored a hole in one for record-setting at the 3rd Annual President’s Golf Classic July 14. This year’s Classic garnered a ne ...
    July 29, 2014 - 12:05 pm
  • All Smiles Dental team has serious fun with its Algonquin Founders' Days floats

    ALGONQUIN – There are two times a year when Doctor Timothy Stirneman does not approve vacation requests at his Algonquin dental office. Pretty much th ...
    July 24, 2014 - 12:21 am
  • ‘Lucy’ won’t stretch your brain

    So let’s start with the enticing premise of Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson: Human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity ...
    July 23, 2014 - 3:23 pm
  • Second venue adds grandeur to Woodstock Mozart Festival

    A second venue for the Woodstock Mozart Festival amps up the sights to go along with the world-class sounds visitors will experience throughout the th ...
    July 23, 2014 - 2:29 pm
  • Review: Allen casts a limp spell in 'Magic in the Moonlight'

    Woody Allen's late period has been defined by a quality you wouldn't have expected from the man who produced the inspired chaos of "Bananas" or the Fe ...
    July 23, 2014 - 2:22 pm
  • Hines Supply in Crystal Lake carries Fiberon and it makes outdoor living beautiful

    Looking for outdoor decking that will keep its good looks year after year? Fiberon PVC and composite ...
    July 24, 2014 - 4:27 pm
  • Gazpacho: From grad-school standby to cool summer staple

    Gazpachos are the most refreshing way I can think of to celebrate seasonal vegetables. The story goes that the gazpacho, said to be the oldest known c ...
    July 22, 2014 - 2:56 pm
  • Keeping cool in the kitchen

    The best cooking is born of necessity. At least that’s the case in my house. My favorite recipes always happen when I’m forced to react to a glut of s ...
    July 22, 2014 - 11:33 pm
  • Recipe of the Week: Raspberry Lemon Smoothie

    Raspberry Lemon SmoothieSubmitted by Kaitlyn Marie Smith of Adams, Wisconsin1 cup yogurt (vanilla or ...
    July 22, 2014 - 2:57 pm
  • //Chicken salad sampler//

    What color is your chicken salad? The option-happy dish enjoys year-round rotation but seems to come into its own in warm weather. With the right comb ...
    July 22, 2014 - 2:56 pm
  • Go soak your grains

    If you can't cook, soak. That's what I've started doing when I want to prepare grains without raising the temperature — the stove's, the kitchen's or ...
    July 22, 2014 - 2:53 pm
  • //Creamy dressings without the cream showcase the flavors of summer — or any season//

    Recently, I strolled out of my office one day about 1 p.m. to find lunch, and the transition from air-conditioned building to swampland caused my glas ...
    July 22, 2014 - 2:54 pm
  • Kerth: If you ever wondered how to get to the Empire Room…

    Last Sunday evening, I stood in the little dressing room behind the stage of the Empire Room in Chicago’s Palmer House, gazing at the photos of some o ...
    July 18, 2014 - 5:00 pm
  • Atwater:

    “Molly” was never physically abused, but she was never really parented, either. Her older sister got ...
    July 18, 2014 - 5:00 pm
  • Guerrilla gardening

    Ripping out the front lawn and its bordering rhododendrons and replacing them with a landscape of native grasses, groundcovers, succulents and rocks o ...
    July 18, 2014 - 4:59 pm
  • The Other Side

    The difference between a happy, healthy life and a quick decent into a place you never meant to find yourself can be a matter of four walls. Such a ha ...
    July 19, 2014 - 11:59 pm
  • Restorations Unlimited 2 in Cary renovates world’s only remaining Alpena Flyer

    The first time I saw this Concours Show-ready automobile was in the summer of 2008, but it was in less than show-ready condition at the time. The car ...
    July 18, 2014 - 12:02 am
  • ‘Planes’ never takes flight

    Before the final credits roll on “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” my 7-year-old turns and says to me: “If they come out with a toy of that, can I get it?”
    July 16, 2014 - 4:24 pm
  • ‘Suds’ deserves to clean up at the Raue Center box office

    “Do you want to know a secret?” I’m glad I didn’t “walk on by” the Raue Center Friday when Williams Street Repertory Company’s premiere of “Suds: The ...
    July 16, 2014 - 4:22 pm
  • Changing dreams to chase for Chasin’ Mason

    When Chasin’ Mason first formed about 11 years ago, they named themselves after a highly sought-after studio musician in Nashville.
    July 17, 2014 - 12:08 am
  • Magic of words and music inspires Woodstock Folk Festival honoree

    Andrew Calhoun sees the Woodstock Folk Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award as sort of a promissory note for future projects.
    July 17, 2014 - 12:07 am
  • 10 tips for blueberries lead to fresh ideas

    There are muffins, of course. And pancakes. And the obligatory fruit salad. But then what? After all the usual suspects, how do you handle a seasonal ...
    July 15, 2014 - 10:43 pm
  • Chef Debi: Moroccan Chicken Stew

    This Moroccan dish is created with a lot of flavor. Moroccan cuisine uses spices from several cultures. In this stew, I used a unique blend of spices, ...
    July 15, 2014 - 4:49 pm
  • Mission Imagination sparks kids’ love of the arts at Raue Center in Crystal Lake, IL

    With more and more schools eliminating classes in the arts, the Raue Center for the Arts, in Crystal Lake, is picking up the slack.
    July 29, 2014 - 12:03 pm
  • Beauty in subtlety

    Paint your walls a bold color and friends will likely praise your creativity. Invest in a standout piece of furniture or striking work of art and your ...
    July 14, 2014 - 12:45 pm
  • Retired math teacher shares his inventions

    WOODSTOCK – Andrew Parke’s creations, which fill about 50 boxes in his Woodstock basement, aren’t easy to describe.
    July 14, 2014 - 12:47 pm
  • 'Game of Thrones' earns a leading 19 Emmy nods

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga "Game of Thrones," defying the Emmy Awards' grudging respect for such fantasy fare, emerged as ...
    July 10, 2014 - 1:44 pm
  • Film showings draw crowds to McHenry County parks for free, family-oriented entertainment

    The last hot pinks and golds of sunset have melted down past the horizon, and the sky is now a light purple-gray. Not full night, but too dark to play ...
    July 10, 2014 - 10:23 am
  • 'American Idol's' Lee DeWyze takes the Ribfest stage

    “American Idol” isn’t the only television program to feature Lee DeWyze’s music. Since winning the r ...
    July 10, 2014 - 10:58 am
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